September 2016

ON THE DAYS I HATE EVERYBODY

My Dear Fellow Journeyers, This photo represents my feelings towards mankind today. Today I hate everyone. I don’t feel good about hating everybody, but I do. It takes effort to be polite on days like this.  I also wonder if my “hate” for people makes me a bad person,  and what should I do about this? From my cursory review of psychology journals here’s what I learned. Those people haters

ADVERSITY AND THE PURSUIT OF GOODNESS CREATES STRANGE BEDFELLOWS

“A great nation does not hide its history. It faces its flaws and corrects them. This museum tells the truth that a country founded on the promise of liberty held millions in chains. That the price of our union was America’s original sin.” George W. Bush, Former President of the United States of America The photo of  First Lady Michelle Obama hugging former President George W. Bush at the opening

FIGHT WITH LIGHT, LOVE, LAW,

My Fellow Journeyers, Today began with sadness  as 21 year old Tawon Boyd, a African American Male who lived in Baltimore County, died three days after a “fight” with police. The police were responding to a domestic fight where  Boyd’s girlfriend called the police because he was acting “crazy”.  The picture is hard to look at, but I’m glad that the media is showing it. At the same time there

FREEDOM OF SPEECH DOES NOT HAVE TO BE LIKEABLE

My Dear Fellow Journeyers, I couldn’t take it anymore- I cut off  most of my hair.  The first time I cut off all of my hair was when I was 19. It felt so freeing, as it does now.  The reason I started to grow back  my hair was because I felt that my almost shaved look was intimidating to some people. I did not want to alienate anyone because

RELATIONSHIP BOUNDARIES

Dear Fellow Journeyers, The other day one of my longtime girl friends from generation X told me that she had given up “whoring” and had began to honor herself.  As she described her journey from “hook up sex” to intimacy I recognized myself. When I was a younger woman I had no code religious or otherwise from which to guide my intimate relationships. As a result anybody’s husband or boyfriend

SKIN OF A DIFFERENT COLOR

My Fellow Journeyers, When you are eleven years old and in the fifth grade you are not thinking of the possible complications of interracial dating. But my preference for blue eyes and dark hair was created when I was 11. I know it was a purely innocent choice, similarly made as if  one day I chose pink. I don’t think my choice of RT Smith was influenced by the media

GETTING TO WE ARE ONE

Photo by S. Ross Brown My Dear Fellow Journeyers, I have had a great first week of being 60 years old. As I write that number, it feels incredibly old- but I don’t feel “old”. I feel happy and for most of the time, I am not conscious or thinking about my age. Last week on my birthday, a friend asked  me I had anything to say about turning 60.

IT IS NEVER COMPLETELY DARK

My Dear Fellow Journeyers, “It is never completely dark,” he would say to me. It is a truth of physics which I could not deny. Yes, there is always light. If there are stars, the sun and the moon it is a physical impossibility for there ever to be complete darkness. I knew the moment he stopped and introduced himself to me, that he was intended to be in my

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME

My dear fellow Journeyers, Today on my 60th birthday I am renaming this blog “myfellowjourneyers”. I began writing this blog  at 3 o’clock in the morning, because  I have been unable to fall asleep.  I had many thoughts about how this day would look like. What it looks like is I am awake for the first three hours of my birthday. I had expected a 12:01am birthday wish  from a